Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe sees large turnout for casino job fair

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe hosted the job and vendor fair in Taunton, Massachusetts, on May 14, 2016. Photo from Facebook

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts saw a strong turnout for its first casino job and vendor fair on Saturday.

The tribe plans to hire more than 2,600 people to work at the First Light Resort and Casino. Construction of the $1 billion facility will support another 1,000 jobs.

"This is exciting,” one job-seeker told The Providence Journal. “I think it would be a better-paying job than what we’re getting now.”

The first phase of the facility is due to open in the summer of 2017. If that schedule holds, the tribe will be the first with a full-scale resort in Massachusetts.

The New England Casino Race: Tribal and commercial gaming facilities in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island

MGM Resorts International broke ground on a $950 million commercial facility in Springfield, in the western part of the state, last year. But it's not due to open until the fall of 2018.

The Plainridge Park Casino offers slot machines but it's not a full-fledged gaming facility. It's located in Plainville, less than 20 miles from the tribe's site.

Get the Story:
Job fair for new Taunton casino held Saturday (WPRI 5/14)
Hundreds attend casino job fair in Taunton (The Providence Journal 5/14)
A first look at First Light: Vendor and job fair for Taunton casino draws large crowd (The Taunton Daily Gazette 5/15)
MGM begins work on 1st new structure of Massachusetts casino (AP 5/15)
Gambling revenue ticks up slightly at Plainridge (The Boston Globe 5/16)

Land-Into-Trust Documents:
Chairman Cedric Cromwell Announcement | Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Press Release | Bureau of Indian Affairs Press Release | Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn Letter to Chairman Cedric Cromwell | Record of Decision

DOI Solicitor Opinion:
M-37029: The Meaning of "Under Federal Jurisdiction" for Purposes of the Indian Reorganization Act (March 12, 2014)

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